Latoya Carter, MSHS, CCRP
Clinical Research Navigator
Emory University / Office for Clinical Research
Latoya is a Certified Clinical Research Professional with nine years of experience working in the research field. She has successfully managed multiple large clinical trials simultaneously from startup to completion in the Digestive Diseases Division at Emory University School of Medicine. Latoya’s educational background includes a Master’s degree in Clinical Research Administration from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Midwestern State University. In March 2018, she joined the Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Support Services team as a Clinical Research Navigator.
Debora A. Clem
Georgia CTSA Clinical Research Centers (GCRCs) / Emory University
Debora Clem earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from North Georgia College in 1985. She began her career as a Science Librarian with the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Public Library in Chattanooga, TN before transitioning in 1996 to a Special Librarian position first with the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga and then with Zoo Atlanta in 1998. She began her academic career in 2001, as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Department of Medicine, Renal Division at Emory. She joined the General Clinical Research Center, now Participant & Clinical Interactions (PCI) of the Georgia CTSA, in 2005. She assumed the role of Administrative Director of the PCI in 2011 and completed the requirements to become a Certified Research Administrator in 2013.
Sherry Coleman, DNP, RN, CHRC
Associate Director, Clinical Research Support Services
Emory University / Office for Clinical Research
Sherry is currently the Associate Director, Clinical Research Support Services – Office for Clinical Research (OCR). With over 30 years’ experience in nursing, Sherry retired August 1, 2012 with 25 years of service with the Retirement Systems of Alabama. Prior to joining the OCR, she worked for the Georgia Department of Public Health as Deputy Chief Nurse – state liaison for school nursing practice. Sherry retired from the Alabama State Department of Education as the State School Nurse Consultant, where she served as a liaison and resource expert in school nursing practice working with local school districts and school nurses to promote quality nursing services and school health programs. Prior to her work in school nursing, Sherry worked at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as research nurse coordinator, research nurse manager and ultimately interim director for the Office of Clinical Research.
Sherry has served at different levels throughout her career as staff nurse, charge nurse, school nurse, nurse preceptor, clinical research nurse/coordinator, nurse supervisor, clinical instructor, and nurse administrator. She has a very diverse background having worked in many areas such as Medical –Surgical (Pulmonary), OB/GYN (labor and delivery, postpartum) Perinatal (well-baby and continuing care nursery), and Clinical Research (Federal and Non-Federal).
Bekeela Davila, MPH
Program and Research Manager
Bekeela Davila graduated from the University of Illinois in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism degree. She began her career in 2007 at the University of Illinois as an Office Support Specialist. She then earned a Master of Public Health degree and a Graduate Certificate in Community Health Education from University of Illinois in 2008. In 2010, she worked at the University of Illinois as a Graduate Education Coordinator. She went on to the Arthritis Foundation, National Office in 2012 and served in the role of Information and Referral Coordinator. In 2014, Bekeela joined Emory University as a Senior Public Health Program Associate in the Rollins School of Public Health. She became the Program and Research Manager for the Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute in 2015.
Associate Program Director
Katie Davis graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in 2008 with her Bachelors of Science in Management with a focus in operations and finance. After graduation, Davis worked in the equity research department of Raymond James before joining Emory University in May 2013 as a Program Coordinator for the Office of Faculty Development in the Department of Medicine. In the fall of 2016, she transitioned to the Emory University School of Medicine to support professional development initiatives. Davis joined the Georgia CTSA administrative team in October 2017 as the Associate Program Director for Collaboration and Multi-Disciplinary Team Science. She concurrently serves as the Associate Program Director for the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development for EUSOM.
Katherine Erwin, DDS, MPA, MSCR
Community Engagement / Morehouse School of Medicine
She has 12 years of experience of serving as a peer reviewer and chairperson for numerous peer reviews for various bureaus and divisions within the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health.
Katherine earned her doctorate in dental surgery at Howard University School of Dentistry in Washington DC. She has two Master Degrees, a Master in Public Administration from Cleveland State University located in Cleveland, OH and a Master of Science in Clinical Research from Morehouse School of Medicine. She is a member of the National Dental Association, the Georgia Northeast Dental Society, and Georgia’s Oral Health Coalition. Her research interests are oral cancer and cigar use among individuals 18-25 years of age.
Rakiyah Johnson, MPH
Rakiyah Johnson graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Sciences. During her undergraduate studies, she worked as a research assistant in the IMPAACT Study (Improve Physical Activity After Cancer Treatment). Shortly after graduating, Rakiyah moved to Atlanta and started her Master of Public Health program at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She graduated in 2018 with an MPH in Behavioral Science and Health Education. Rakiyah joined the Research Education Programs of Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance as a Project Coordinator at Emory University in July 2018.
Shantricia "Shan" Johnson-Colbert
Clinical Research Navigator
Clinical Research Support Services / Emory University
Shantricia “Shan” Johnson-Colbert is a clinical research navigator on the Clinical Research Support Services team in the Office for Clinical Research. In this role, she works to facilitate the pre-award approval process for clinical trials across Emory and its affiliate sites. Additionally, Shan assists with maintaining compliance, quality, and innovation activities for each of the research offices at Emory University and partner institutions of the Georgia CTSA Trial Innovation Center (TIC) to facilitate multi-site clinical research. Shan has over 11 years of research experience and holds the Certified Clinical Research Professional credential. Prior to joining the Office for Clinical Research in 2018, she worked as a clinical research coordinator on Phase I-IV medical and radiation oncology, cardiovascular, Autism registry, pediatric vaccination, infectious disease vaccination, diabetic pharmacogenomics, and diabetes non-ophthalmic care device studies. Shan received her Master’s degree in Public Health from The University of New England with her capstone research focusing on identifying individual-level interventions to improve health outcomes, social cohesion, and community participation within low-income communities in Georgia. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Georgia State University.
Alexey Kurbatov, MSc
Alexey Kurbatov graduated from the Samara State Aerospace University in 1998 with a MSc Degree in Computer Science. Alexey has served at different levels throughout his career as a software and database developer, system analyst, change management and IT compliance coordinator. In 2008, he joined the Research Education Programs of Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance as the Information Analyst.
Karen A. Lindsley DNP, RN, CDE, CCRC
Coordinating Center / Emory University
Karen Lindsley graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Master of Science in Nursing degree. In 2017, she completed a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Health Systems Administration at Emory University School of Nursing. Lindsley is also certified as a diabetes educator and clinical research coordinator. She has worked in various roles as a diabetes educator for the Mayo Medical Center and the Joslin Diabetes Clinic and as a clinical research nurse and research supervisor at Emory University, School of Medicine, Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes. In June 2018, Lindsley joined the Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance as the Manager of the Research Coordinating Center and Regulatory Knowledge & Support (RKS).
Nikki Llewellyn, PhD
Manager, Research Projects
Evaluation & Continuous Improvement / Emory University
Nikki Llewellyn graduated from Emory University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience and behavioral biology. After graduation, she worked as a Research Coordinator at the Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression, part of the Department of Psychiatry at Emory. In 2005, she moved on to the University of Cambridge in the U.K, where she coordinated epidemiological research projects at the European Prospective Investigation of Cancer (EPIC-Norfolk), part of the Department of Public Health and Primary Care. Nikki later returned to the U.S. to pursue a PhD in developmental psychology, specializing in social and biological factors affecting mental illness; she graduated in 2015. She returned to Emory in 2016, joining Georgia CTSA as the Manager of Research Projects for Evaluation & Continuous Improvement.
Senior Research Administration Coordinator
Recruitment Center / Emory University
Maren Parsell, MBA
Innovation Program and Research Manager
Informatics and Innovation Catalyst / Emory University
Maren Parsell has worked in the innovation and emerging technologies healthcare space since 2001. She has held positions in start-ups to multi-national healthcare organizations such as Bayer Healthcare. Throughout her career, Maren has brought together innovators and health organizations by creating large innovation events, leading innovation design workshops, delivering presentations on emerging trends, and facilitating tech demos. Most recently, she spent 7 years at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, evaluating and promoting emerging healthcare technologies within their Innovation and Advanced Technology group. Maren holds an MBA from Baruch College in New York City and a degree in Design from GA State University. She currently manages the CTSA Innovation Catalyst and CTSA Informatics programs.
Research Education Programs / Emory University
Cheryl Sroka graduated from King’s Business College in Raleigh, NC, then attended North Carolina State University and Kennesaw State University. She has worked as a Deputy Clerk of the Wake County Superior Court, legal secretary, life and health insurance agent, and business broker. Before coming to Emory in December 1990, she was in public relations at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance / Emory University
Amy Stehlik earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Ball State University. While continuing her education in the Master of Business Administration program at Georgia State University, she began her career in marketing at S&P Global. She spent the next decade at Thomson Reuters, progressing to a VP of Marketing. During the next 10 years, she worked as the VP of Marketing and Communications for a communications firm with Rollins School of Public Health as a client. Prior to joining the Georgia CTSA as the Communications Manager in February 2019, she served as a strategic marketing consultant to Emory University.
Evaluation & Continuous Improvement and Communications / Emory University
Amber Weber graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. While in Chapel Hill, she worked as a research assistant at the UNC Medical School studying the relationship between mothers and infants during the postpartum period. Additionally, she served as a Care Manager for a locally run clinic to identify necessary treatment resources for patients with chronic illness conditions. Following her undergraduate career, Amber moved to Atlanta to begin the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She worked as a graduate research assistant conducting quantitative and qualitative research in current tobacco control policies and cancer survivorship studies. In 2019, she graduated with an MPH in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. Amber joined the Georgia CTSA in June 2019 as a Program Coordinator for the Evaluation & Continuous Improvement (ECI) program and Communications.